St. Margaret Catholic School goes green

By Tiffany Blackmon - bio | email

Lake Charles, La (KPLC) - At St. Margaret Catholic School, every week, is a green week. The school has a solar roof top and recycling center, but that's just the beginning of the Science Club's campaign to make the planet greener.

"It feels like I'm really making difference like having a part in helping the community turn greener for the earth," said Science Club member Julia Falgoust.

Science Club Member Phillip Lemaire stated, "The earth is just where we live, and if you mess with Mother Nature she'll mess with you."

And member Anna Bellow added, "You would never even begin to imagine how a small little group of children can make a difference."

Not only do these students work with the Department of Environmental Quality they work with the state of Louisiana in Washington D.C. for their energy program.

"We've done so many things I don't even think I can count them all on one hand," continued Bellow.

The driving force behind these students, is science teacher Judy Reeves.

"The kids know my favorite book is The Lorax, by Dr. Seuss, he speaks for the trees, well, I guess I speak for our area. I guess that's the way I feel about it. If somebody doesn't stand up and teach the kids because they're our future, then we're not going to have anything left."

The best part about the message Judy Reeves is giving her students, is that the students don't just take care of the environment at school, they are taking the message home, and spreading the word  throughout the community.

I kind of learned a lot from Mrs. Reeves because she's such an awesome teacher," said Bellow, "It's like mom, we have to start recycling now. And they [parents] actually bring this [recycling] to their jobs and they're actually getting people in their office to recycle plastic bottles and stuff too."

"I believe 90% of my junior high recycles at home," said Reeves, "Parents have told me that they now have bins, even the teachers, all the teachers are recycling so yes, I think it's affecting everybody now."

On Saturday, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, St. Margaret Catholic School will be hosting a Solar Tour, in which the public can see the school's solar panels that power two classrooms.